1. Black Crow Medicine
2. I Ain't Lonesome
3. Halfway Gone
4. Open Letter To A Lover
5. Poor Children
6. The Teeth Of The Rake
7. Honey, Can I Count On You?
8. A Young Man's Blues
9. In The Morning
10. It's Not Losin' You
11. Hibernation Sickness
December 5, 2006 Subject:
ian thomas - at rockwood vs at nj folk festival
love this guy's music and have purchased his rockwood music hall cd -
There was a definite difference in overall presentation between these two performances.
The Ian Thomas CMJ performance at Rockwood in November was magnificant - the best I ever heard from him. When he plays Rockwood he sounds comfortable and sure of himself, relaxed and completely with it.
On the other hand at his April performance at the NJ festival, he sounded a bit nervous or perhaps strained, which was very obvious at the onset of his encore.
He's done much better versions of Sweet Celeny than he did at this performance - the same applies to some of his other songs.
I personally did not appreciate that he was the last performer of the event - not a good slot at a music festival - he deserved better.
Didn't care for the spokesperson who introduced him either. None of these people have any idea what the make-up of a musician is.
One positive when comparing the two performances - the calibre of his talent seems to have refined itself during the few months between April and November. Also, what may have made the difference is that his audience at Rockwood knows his music - loves it - respects his talent - and he surely must feel that - something that didn't come across at the NJ folk festival, possibly because many of these folks were not familiar with his work and, at the end of a long event, were tired and wanted to go home.